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A Solution for Ending Family Homelessness

Ellen L. Bassuk | Posted 01.14.2016 | Impact
Ellen L. Bassuk

As the number of families without homes continues to increase, more attention is being focused on their plight.

Investing in New York's Human Capital

Allison Sesso | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Allison Sesso

Recently, New York's Governor Cuomo announced he will establish a mandatory $15 minimum wage for all state workers. New York has one of the largest in...

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

This misalignment reminds me of an inefficiency that Hollywood studios have found a way to correct. Studios will fund a project and for any number of reasons it might fall apart before it hits the big screen.

Breaking Down America's Biggest Giving Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

As noted in an earlier post, I had the great fortune of helping out Kimbia with Give Local America, an event that became the largest giving day in U.S. history. The team just released a new infographic that shows some of the data behind the event.

Don't Call It a Comeback... Yet

Emily J. Miller | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

The looming revenue collapse -- the one that will take place automatically at midnight on January 1, 2015 -- will reverse any progress we've made, and will plunge Illinois deeper into its hole.

Budget Cuts Are Not the Answer

David Vognar | Posted 08.11.2012 | Chicago
David Vognar

It might appear that Illinois is just another spendthrift in a nation of spendthrifts (in a world of spendthrifts). But beyond the rhetoric, which appears everywhere, the numbers don't lie. It's not a spending problem. It's a revenue problem.

DHS Closure Sparks Confusion, Controversy

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 01.14.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

What should public agencies do during this time of extended economic downturn? What should the residents do? Do you know people who work full-time and are hungry?

Balancing Budgets With Humanity

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

To listen to the current debate in Springfield, it seems that a balanced budget for Illinois means building more casinos and cutting funding for human services. But will that really create a brighter future for us all?

Cambodian Youth Program Leader Awarded $25,000 Peace Prize

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Phalen Lim fled Cambodia at the age of 2 in 1975, during the regime of the Khmer Rouge, and has never forgotten what it was like to start over as an i...